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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by mattjm1017, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. mattjm1017

    mattjm1017 Feeling the Heat

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    So Im wondering how does everyone store thier firewood? Im looking for ideas as Im going to be building some racks this weekend and getting some wood the next weekend. For now Im planning on just putting a couple rows of pallets on the ground next to my barn and stacking it on them and then running some 2x4 or something up on the ends to make some supports. If yall have some better suggestions I would love to have them

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  2. K.P.

    K.P. New Member

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    I designed these racks that each hold 1 1/2 face cord for a total capacity of 7.5 face cords, plus a half face cord rack on our back porch. We average consume 5.5 face cords a season. Though fairly open, the wood stays mostly dry from rain and snow. I have an assembly line type arrangement where I off load large logs from trailer, split, and toss in front of the rack for my wife to stack.

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  3. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    For seasoning . 1 year here:
    Pallets, double row 4-1/2 ' high, with space between the rows, cross stacked ends & every 16'.
    A place with good air movement (wind), sun helps.
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    Then to the wood shed for 2 years before burning.
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  4. TimJ

    TimJ Minister of Fire

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    Nice racks K.P.
  5. sblat

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    I don't have a picture I can post at work, but my set up is very simple. I have 8 pallets or so on the ground with two t posts at each end. I slide another pallet over the two T posts at each end. I think it gives me a little more strength on the ends than box stacking the ends. My stacks are 25' long x 5' high and have 3 rows on the pallets. The two outside rows hang over the pallets a few inches to make room.
  6. fishinpa

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    In the fall I split about 5 cords and leave it 'out' for about a year. Once fall comes I fill the sheds and feed out of there for the winter, replacing the 5 cords on the ground to season until next year.

    NOTE: I keep a rack with about 1/2 cord by the back door to feed the stove from and refill it every several days. I also keep a 1/4 rack next to the stove that ony gets used in extreme weather when we don't want to go outside!

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  7. Pallet Pete

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    I use pallets to make bins for drying then move it to a covered wood shed for the winter to burn. Ignore the small spits in the shed that was for our old stove which was smaller.

    Pete

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  8. WoodPorn

    WoodPorn Minister of Fire

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    Nice racks Pete
  9. Pallet Pete

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    WoodPorn likes my racks I love it :p

    Thanks WoodPorn !
    Pete
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    cptoneleg Minister of Fire

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    That a pretty picture the one with the Snow
  11. blujacket

    blujacket Minister of Fire

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    Would like to see more pics of these racks. Do you have any early build pics?
  12. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    This is how we stack the wood. Notice in the middle picture some poles leaning on the wood stack. That is what we put under the wood. They are just saplings cut in our woods and they last several years. Also in that middle picture you'll notice the wood is covered with old galvanized roofing. The last picture is wood stacked in the barn to be used over the winter months. Another thing you'll notice is that we use nothing except the wood for the ends, even in the barn.

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  13. WoodPorn

    WoodPorn Minister of Fire

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    That you in the first Pic Sav??
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    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Yes. I'm the ugly one. Same for the avatar.
  15. WoodPorn

    WoodPorn Minister of Fire

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    Funny how you picture someone you've never met or seen. maybe it is just the screen name that conjured up pictures of Sasquatch
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  16. mattjm1017

    mattjm1017 Feeling the Heat

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    Nice racks guys!! Ive got some questions though what is a "face cord"? and what is the benefit of stacking your wood like backwoods savage and bogey dave? Pallet pete thats exactly what I want to do how did you connect the pallets in the middle or are they even connected?
  17. Pallet Pete

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    The pallets are 8 ft long however you could lay 4ft pallets and use bolts to connect the middle of them. I get 8ft pallets that our material at work comes on. It is possible to find them at Home Depot as well as Lowe's too they get there paneling on them sometimes. In one 8ft bin I can ft 1.25 full cord ( not face cords ) if I stuff in the middle between the stacks. The center pallet standing upright will mostly hold itself because the wood on each side of it pushing it in place. The end however you will need to use bolts or long polls into the ground. They have held up for a year and are not rotted yet to my surprise.

    Pete
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  19. K.P.

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    I don't have any in-process photos. I didn't think about it until we were done with the first three. I drew up a general plan and we built it. Made a few improvements along the way. The photos might give you an idea. My buddy Dan in the photo helped design and build them. My wood storage and working area is in the front yard of my house, so we wanted something that would be visually pleasing, but also easy to get large, cut to length logs unloaded from the trailer and stacked in a staging area for a year prior to splitting. Some of the racks built with pallets would be perfect for that. Great Forum site everyone!

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  20. blujacket

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    Thanks K.P, Welcome to hearth.com
  21. jeepmedic

    jeepmedic Burning Hunk

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    I like to stack on 4x4 pallets. Two together makes a cord....makes measuring your wood stash easy.

    I also like my 10x20 wood shed :)

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    jeepmedic Burning Hunk

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    Face cord in USA = 4' tall x 8' long x 16" deep ( 3 face cords = 1 full cord) (43 cu ft)

    Full cord in USA = 4' tall x 8' long x 4' deep (128 cu ft)
  23. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Welcome
    Awesome!
    Very nice set up.
    Wood racks with a roof = wood shed. IMO ;)
  24. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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    I copied pallet petes method, pallets are free and a few 2 x 4's and some screws and you have racks.

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  25. infinitymike

    infinitymike Minister of Fire

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    I made my racks with 10' 2x4"s on edge spaced 20" apart and connected by a 20" 2x4 at each end and one in the center
    then I have four 6'-6" 2x4's (2 at each end) they are connected by two 10' 2x4's
    My splits are 24" long so 2 ft x 10ft x 6.5" equals one full cord

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    The first pic is 30' long (3 cord)
    The second pic has 7 racks but I've added 3 more since then (10 cord)
    EDIT I only built 2 more and want to add one where the leaning cherry is (9 cord)
    Last year I only had the first 3 built with plywood and tarp on top
    I took the tarp and plywood off when Sandy blew int town.
    The third pic is on pallets 4'x 20'x 6' (3.75 cord)
    The fourth pic holds about half a cord next to the gassifier
    I have also added about 2 cord stacked perpendicular to the 10 racks on 4x4's and
    I also commandeered an unused corner of my property that is about 20'x30' and have 2 pallets that are 4'x16" each waiting for all the wood I have from Sandy

    17.75 cord put me in the SWA bracket_g
    Almost ready to be FBCJ
    (proud member of the Firewood haorders, LTD) http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/Furrwood-hrrders-club-ltd.112479/

    I guess I should update my pics

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